The Western Deserts is a vast area of Western Australia
, and the region covers parts of the Little Sandy Desert
, Gibson Desert and the Great Sandy Desert
. The population
is sparse, the challenges many, and extensive preparation for 4WD travel in this region is essential. This is an area that is best travelled in the winter months due to extremely high temperatures through summer.
The area is rich with history and many people travel the major treks in this region to follow in the footsteps of some of the toughest explorers
in the world. What the likes of Major Peter Warburton
, Ernest Giles, William Gosse, John Forrest
, David Carnegie
and Alfred Canning (to name a few) must have had to endure travelling across the "Western Deserts" is hard to imagine. Thirst, hunger, fatigue, extreme cold and heat, and local hostility to name a few. Surveyors such as Len Beadell, who graded many of the tracks in later years, also found the going tough when asked to grade roads for nuclear and missile areas around WWII. Later still, rich ore and gold opportunities in the area were discovered and there is evidence of mining, past and present, as you travel the region.
This area offers many opportunities for the 4WDer, but be prepared for some challenges. Desert travelling means long distances between supply points and the need for carrying large quantities of water and fuel plus making arrangements for permits through Aboriginal land. The rewards that come with travelling this region are its absolute remoteness, the desert environment and its constantly changing landscape and following the path of history. There are also incredible rock formations, springs and gorges, fantastic station country, Aboriginal communities and rock art and the feeling of being miles
The deserts offer their fair share of wildlife - some rare and beautiful birds around rock holes
and springs, lizards, kangaroos, emus and the occasional dingo family. If you're lucky enough to be in this region after recent rains, the deserts literally spring to life with magnificent everlastings and beautiful wildflowers